Family history of hysterectomy for Migraines a predictor

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    I feel I am out of options for treating my primarily hormonal migraines. I am currently on Topamax and supplements w/ triptans as abortives, with limited success. I am 44 and have every reason to believe menopause is still 10 years away.  I have had migraines since I was 10 and they have become increasingly debilitating. 


    My mother had a hysterectomy at age 45 and one sister has had a total hysterectomy and another has gone through menopause.  They all suffered from migraines prior and now do not or at least very little. 


    So, I believe I would benefit from having a total hysterectomy.  I know that for many, migraines get worse after a hysterectomy, but my question is, is family history a predictor for my outcome? In other words, could I reasonably expect to have a positive migraine outcome?

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    Thank-you for any information. Amy.


    Dear Amy;


    Unfortunately, no, the experiences of your family who had hysterectomies is not predictive of your outcome. You can find more information in Migraine Disease, Menstrual Migraines, and Hysterectomy.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: May 23, 2010